Kiwi franchise SnorePro to roll out Australia-wide

12:22PM | Wednesday, 19 December 2012 | Michelle Hammond

New Zealand-based franchise SnorePro has included Australia in its international expansion strategy, revealing plans to roll out up to 55 Australian franchises over the next 12 months.

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Cotton On fined over unsafe kids' clothes: Here are four more of their controversies

12:12PM | Wednesday, 19 December 2012 | Patrick Stafford

Cotton On is in trouble with the authorities yet again, with the retailer now fined a massive $1 million for selling children's sleepwear that was deemed so flammable it shouldn't have even been supplied.

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Contact lenses send a clear message

12:36PM | Wednesday, 19 December 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Ever wanted to make sure someone could see what you were saying? European scientists have devised a way to beam a mobile phone text message directly to a recipient’s contact lenses.

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Growing, going or gone? Growth of 1,700 start-ups to be tracked by Guy King’s Start Chart

12:00AM | Wednesday, 19 December 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Australian entrepreneur-turned-investor Guy King is tracking the growth metrics of more than 1,700 Australian start-ups via his new platform Start Chart, which he created as a side project.

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Forbes and Entrepreneur Magazine announce their top entrepreneurs of 2012

12:17PM | Tuesday, 18 December 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Forbes, Entrepreneur Magazine and Deloitte Technology have announced their lists of the most impressive business leaders of 2012.

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ACCC to authorise new code for casual mall licensing

12:04PM | Tuesday, 18 December 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The competition watchdog is likely to authorise a new voluntary code of practice for casual mall licensing, compiled by the Shopping Centre Council of Australia, which could affect start-ups.

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Packer and Bouris planning to deliver new competition to Australia Post

12:00PM | Tuesday, 18 December 2012 | Cara Waters

Mark Bouris and James Packer are hoping ADAM will win them a sizeable chunk of the burgeoning parcel delivery market.

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Pet-friendly furniture puts furry friends in the Dog House

12:50PM | Tuesday, 18 December 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Is your sofa covered in fur? A Korean studio has created a new sofa which solves the problem by featuring a built-in dog house.

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Thinking of starting up? Here’s a New Year’s resolution for you

12:40PM | Tuesday, 18 December 2012 | Taskmaster

Are you looking into starting your first business? If so, it’s time to make a New Year’s resolution.

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Five major trends set to shape start-ups in 2013

12:33PM | Tuesday, 18 December 2012 | Oliver Milman

The new year is nearly here – along with a number of trends that will fundamentally reshape the economy. Here are five major trends you need to keep an eye out for in 2013. BY OLIVER MILMAN.

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How to safely scale your start-up in 2013

12:00PM | Monday, 17 December 2012 | Michael Fox

Are you thinking about growing your start-up next year? If so, there’s a secret to steadily securely growing your business. BY MICHAEL FOX.

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Meggle app lets nightclubbing students live it up on the cheap

12:50PM | Monday, 17 December 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Two university students have highlighted the importance of cross-promotion on social media, after creating an app that allows students to gain access to nightclubs and bars at a cheaper rate.

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Is Mayan calendar doom approaching? Don’t plan on it

12:29PM | Monday, 17 December 2012 | Taskmaster

That’s great. It starts with an earthquake, birds and snakes, an aeroplane – but Old Taskmaster is not afraid!

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Blackboard-inspired DIY lunch bag

12:24PM | Monday, 17 December 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Now here’s a tasty lunch idea that’s worth writing home about. Facci Designs has created a DIY lunch bag which features a blackboard oil cloth exterior.

 | Planning  | Business ideas

Innovate NSW to offer funding for ideas-rich start-ups

12:00AM | Monday, 17 December 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The NSW Government will introduce a $6.7 million initiative dubbed Innovate NSW, which will offer funding of up to $15,000 for around 250 businesses, as part of a wide-ranging plan to boost the state’s digital economy.

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Four Aussie apps make Apple’s best of 2012

12:14PM | Friday, 14 December 2012 | Michelle Hammond

App developers can take inspiration from Apple’s annual list of the best iOS apps, including Australian apps Virgin Australia Flight Specials, Sydney Food Trucks and OzTV.

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Looking for tech talent? Pushstart mentor offers his advice

12:03PM | Friday, 14 December 2012 | Michelle Hammond

PushStart mentor Alex North has offered some advice to start-ups looking for tech talent to build their idea, insisting every start-up must argue the case for why their business will be successful.

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Productivity Commission calls for stricter criteria for compulsory patent licensing

12:45PM | Friday, 14 December 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Changes should be made to the patents system to improve access to technologies while protecting patent holders’ rights, according to the Productivity Commission.

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The challenges of working with a co-founder

12:25PM | Friday, 14 December 2012 | Andrew Sadauskas

Matt Mickiewicz from the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) is best known as a co-founder of 99designs, Sitepoint and In this video, he discusses the challenges of working with a co-founder.

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Ex-Jetstar boss Bruce Buchanan invests in Rocklive, becomes CEO

12:07PM | Friday, 14 December 2012 | Oliver Milman

Digital advertising venture Rocklive has appointed Bruce Buchanan, the former group chief executive of Jetstar, as its new CEO, with the new boss also taking a substantial stake in the start-up.

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